FAQ

Dental Assistant Training Frequently Asked Questions

How long do you go to school to be a dental assistant?

To work as an entry-level dental assistant in the state of Pennsylvania or Delaware there is no requirement beyond a high school diploma or its equivalent. Contemporary Health Career Institute- CHCI offers a 10 week dental assistant training program to teach students the foundation and practical knowledge needed to work as an entry-level dental assistant and contribute to the productivity of the office on your first day of employment.


How much does it cost to go to school for dental assisting?

Tuition for the Contemporary Health Career Institute - CHCI Dental Assistant training program is $2,895. 


How do I become a certified dental assistant? 

The Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry does not recognize a Certified Dental Assistant. The first level of licensed dental assistant in Pennsylvania is an Expanded Function Dental Assistant. However, after a minimum of 3,500 hours of employment as an entry-level dental assistant and a current CPR certification, graduates of Contemporary Health Career Institute - CHCI may apply to take the DANB CDA exam to obtain a Certified Dental Assistant certification.


Is a dental assistant a degree or certification?

Contemporary Health Career Institute - CHCI is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education State Board of Private Licensed Schools. Students who successfully complete the 10 week program receive a diploma of Dental Assisting.


How much money does a dental assistant make?

Wages vary by location and practice. The Median Annual Salary of Dental Assistants, according to The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) current Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median expected annual salary is $36,940.


Are dental assistants in demand? 

According to The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 19 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. The aging population and ongoing research linking oral health and general health will continue to increase the demand for preventive dental services.


What qualifications for you need to be a dental assistant? 

According to The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics

Detail oriented. Dental assistants must follow specific rules and protocols, such as infection control procedures, when helping dentists treat patients. Assistants also must be aware of what tasks they are allowed to complete in the state where they work.

Dexterity. Dental assistants must be good at working with their hands. They generally work in tight quarters on a small part of the body, using very precise tools and instruments.

Interpersonal skills. Dental assistants must work closely with dentists and patients. Sometimes patients are in extreme pain and/or mental distress, so the assistant should be sensitive to their emotions.

Listening skills. Dental assistants must listen to patients and other healthcare workers. They need to follow directions from a dentist or dental hygienist, so they can help treat patients and do tasks, such as taking x rays.

Organizational skills. Dental assistants should have excellent organizational skills. They should have the correct tools in place for a dentist or dental hygienist to use when treating a patient.